Delta Air Lines has asked US regulators for permission for seasonal suspension of flights from Atlanta to three Brazilian destinations.
The SkyTeam carrier seeks to temporarily cease flights from its Atlanta hub to Fortaleza, Manaus and Recife in mid-August. Delta explains it is currently using all 10 of its regional Brazil frequencies in those markets, and it plans to resume service in mid-December.
Characterising the destinations as highly seasonal beach and ecotourism markets Delta explains seasonal service flexibility is appropriate for the markets "as it will allow similar future schedule adjustments in periods of slack demand".
The airline stresses that developing its international route network remains a cornerstone of its long-term strategy, and Brazil is a focal point in its Latin American network.
"However in the face of well-known and widely-reported adverse economic conditions, it is imperative that Delta have the flexibility to adjust its service in lin with market demand," the carrier says in its request to regulators.
Delta launched the Brazilian flights in December of 2008 using Boeing 757-200 aircraft.